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Guardiola: Man City win over Bournemouth was ‘tough’

Manchester City made it an incredible 38 points from 42 with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola was presented with some impressive stats regarding his own managerial career after the game.

“My 400th win as a manager? I didn’t know that! Congratulations Pep. I am very pleased to win in that way,” Guardiola told the BBC.

The Catalan manager watched as his side took the lead through Bernardo Silva after a quarter of an hour, but Guardiola had some work to do at the break after Callum Wilson equalised for the Cherries just before half-time.

“We had a lack of rhythm in the first half, Bournemouth are so fast up front and so hard to play against. They put so many balls into the box, they are so strong,” said Guardiola.

“In the second half, Raheem Sterling changed the game, and Fabian Delph. We were much better. We play every three days, that is why we were flat. Sometimes it is complicated, and the opponents are good too.”

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Gabriel Jesus started today in Sergio Aguero’s absence and Guardiola was not able to shed much light on Aguero’s fitness. City travel to play Watford on Tuesday night in what has been a grueling week for the Cityzens.

“Sergio Aguero, I don’t know if he will be fit in midweek. We shall see,” he said.

“A good win, after the Champions League it is always tough. People think it’s easy for us but that is not the truth so I like to win in this way.”

Guardiola felt that he did not get the response he wanted after his half-time team-talk. He was thankful for Raheem Sterling stepping up to restore City’s lead after 57 minutes as well as the overall performance from Leroy Sane.

“We were flat but after we were more aggressive and we changed the game. I asked them for more at half-time but the first five minutes was no good, they didn’t listen, but one action from Raheem Sterling changed the game.

“Leroy Sane was fantastic too. We don’t expect every 90 minutes to have an incredible performance. Sometimes it happens. It is a lesson we have to learn, how to win when we are tired.”

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